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To Loreto and beyond

posted by awelborn

The next week will be a busy one for the Pope. There are two journeys on the calendar. Tomorrow and Sunday, he will be in Loreto, in northern Italy, for a gathering of youth called the “Agora.” Here is his […]

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More Mother Teresa

posted by awelborn

A few interesting reactions from here and there: Carl Olson has some excerpts from Christopher Hitchens on MSNBC. The man (Hitchens) is pathological in his hatred of Mother Teresa. What is it in her that riles him so? We can […]

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Good reads

posted by awelborn

I mentioned the other day that I’d read The Pawnbroker by Edward Lewis Wallant, an American writer who died in 1962 at the age of 36. Two of his novels, including The Pawnbroker, were published during his life, and two posthumously.  […]

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Still here

posted by awelborn

Still here. Just working and reading and, in the most absorbing task of the last two or three weeks, potty training. But do you know what? Done!  This time last week, I was near despair. Telling myself that this was nothing […]

Gregory of Nyssa

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope resumed the General Audiences in St. Peter’s Square, and continued his series on the Early Church Fathers – today being Gregory of Nyssa. No full translation of the catechesis yet, but at PRF, there is a good […]

Into the dark night

posted by awelborn

My first post on the story of Mother Teresa’s decades-long struggle with spiritual darkness struck some as “dismissive,” and for that I apologize. That particular reaction was against the press coverage – not the Time article, but the subsequent filtering […]

It amuses me

posted by awelborn

….because I’m just that kind of person. AKA, a bad one. (Click for bigger screenshot.) (Click here for the list. Changes hourly or something.)

It’s a major award

posted by awelborn

Catholic Spotlight is a series of podcasts sponsored by the Catholic Company. They’re sponsoring a giveaway of 5 signed copies of my newest book Prove It: You. Go here to read more about it and enter. The book is about […]

Quick MP news

posted by awelborn

I have a longer post in mind, which I am going to try to work on bit by bit – on the reactions of the US bishops to the Motu Proprio – but as you can figure out, that’s a […]

Apologia pro apologia

posted by awelborn

There are many ways to evangelize and catechize, many elements of both. One of the problems, both past and present, in figuring out how to do both of these things is the temptation to push everyone through a narrow gate […]

Good news from Creighton

posted by awelborn

Here: Creighton University and author Anne Lamott have mutually agreed upon cancellation of her public lecture on September 19, 2007.   After careful review of Ms. Lamott’s most recent writings (which postdated her contract agreement), we have concluded that key […]

New horizons

posted by awelborn

A quick evaluation of new things: 1) Gmail – good. The layout of the mailbox, in which your responses to emails are grouped with the original emails, makes a lot of sense. I’ve not explored it much beyond that, but […]

Top 200, baby

posted by awelborn

I mean, er, Your Holiness. And studying the top Christian sellers on Amazon always interests me in a compare and contrast kind of way.

And all the mothers say…

posted by awelborn

St. Monica…ora pro nobis! St. Monica links from around: Fr. Z on her tomb in Rome Mike Aquilina has many links The Pope, at last year’s Angelus on 8/27: Monica, who was born into a Christian family at Tagaste, today […]

Notes on a roadtrip

posted by awelborn

1.   If you knew the Marlins were playing the Reds, you’d be able to better guess where we were. 2    The best part of the Cincinnati Zoo is the Nocturnal House, without question, with the Insect House coming in a […]

Where’d we go…

posted by awelborn

…this weekend? Well, some of us walked – yes, walked – from Kentucky to Ohio. Whew! (They rode the bus back, though. Interstate traveling can be tiring.)

Booknotes

posted by awelborn

….I’ll try to knock a few more recent reads off here. Last week I read Aunt Jeanne by Georges Simenon. All I knew about Simenon was that he was prolific, and that he wrote mysteries. I have a vague memory […]

Tell me this

posted by awelborn

We stopped in a local “international” grocery store yesterday – mostly Latino foodstuffs, but selections of Greek and Italian as well. Anyway, I let the boys get paletas. Joseph picked watermelon, which was fantastic, and I picked “fruit cocktail” for […]

St. Bartholomew..and others

posted by awelborn

From his series on the apostles, Pope Benedict on Bartholomew, traditionally associated with Nathanael,  last October: His heart is moved by Jesus’ words, he feels understood and he understands: “This man knows everything about me, he knows and is familiar […]

From elsewhere

posted by awelborn

A couple of notes from elsewhere: Diane from Te Deum Laudemus has a great video she has put together on Benediction at her parish, Assumption Grotto in Detroit. She is hosting it at GodTube, not YouTube, and adds: I had […]

On Mother Teresa

posted by awelborn

Of course, the big religion “news” yesterday, propelled by a Drudge link, was an excerpt from and analysis of Mother Teresa’s decades-long dark night of the soul, described in a new book, to be published by Doubleday next month called […]

Knock, Knock

posted by awelborn

Anyone home here? Many thanks to the thousands of you who are stopping by, and apologies for the wretched posting. This was the first week everyone was back at school and Michael the Toddler starts his morning preschool routine. My fall project […]

Back to you, Pope

posted by awelborn

What with traveling and all,  I’ve not been keeping up with the Pope’s General Audience talks. He’s continuing his survey of the Church Fathers, something he began on March 7, with Clement of Rome. On July 4 and August 1, he spoke […]

When I was..

posted by awelborn

Disaster’s after-effects in Peru and the Caribbean. Looming disaster in Mexico. Catholic Relief Services Caritas Peru Food for the Poor Add any smaller charities of which you are aware in the comments. Some help from the Pope: Pope Benedict XVI […]

Family Ties

posted by awelborn

With one episode left for the season, Big Love is heating up, and very well.  There were many excellent, some weird moments in this week’s episode, but what interests me the most is the rather ingenious way that the impact […]

Do you enjoy a nice conversation?

posted by awelborn

Me: I saw Mrs. Miller today after Mass. Katie: What did you talk about? Me: Our ungrateful daughters. (Pause. Double Pause.) Katie: (tentatively) Really? Me: (shrug) Me: How was school? Katie: It was great. I have the best lunch table […]

The First Time

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z has a very interesting discussion going. Actually, it’s not a discussion, it’s more of a “What Did You Hear” type thread in which he has invted people who did not experience the Extraordinary Rite/Classical/Tridentine/ Mass growing up to […]

Deluge

posted by awelborn

Worst first day of school ever. Weather-wise, that is. Emotionally, everyone was up for it, but..oh the rain! I had the best of intentions – I wanted to take my camera to Joseph’s school and snap him in front of […]

Nota Bene

posted by awelborn

I have a new email – the spam situation at Yahoo is just getting untenable. I am starting to suspect that they are purposefully loose with the controls to convince you to go to a paid account. No matter how […]

FYI

posted by awelborn

I am finally getting around to working on the “links” page – tab up above. It has most everything that was on the other blog, and I’m going to be adding blogs. They’re in no particular order, but just in […]

Stoner

posted by awelborn

No, this novel by John Williams is not about reefer madness in the Gilded Age, no matter what the title and cover art may tempt you into thinking. It’s of one of my favorite genres, the academic novel… …..(favorites being […]

Our story so far

posted by awelborn

In which the authoress begins to plow through some of her recent reading, in hopes that some might benefit. I’ve been reading mostly fiction this summer (the Gothic Wars book is in process – I need to get it back […]

Yardley on Powers

posted by awelborn

In today’s WaPo, Jonathan Yardley reconsiders J.F. Powers’ Morte d’Urban, the novel about a priest that won the National Book Award in 1963. The Moviegoer had won in 1962. Ah, those were the days. Yardley’s take: Thus it’s both revealing […]

A crucible

posted by awelborn

Our public intellectuals. Our greats. What would we do without them? Ask the child of one of them. He knows. No photograph of him has ever been published, but those who know Daniel Miller say that he resembles his father. […]

Latin in Vermont

posted by awelborn

Yesterday evening, the Mass in the Extraordinary Form (is that right?…..) was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral in Burlington Vermont. Celebrated by Burlington Bishop Salvatore Matano.  The church was apparently packed – as you can see from the video, and […]

A slightly stunned “yay”

posted by awelborn

Now, I don’t go to Mass at our Cathedral very often – mostly on holy days – in fact, I usually end up there on holy days because they have a noon Mass, and none of the parishes closer to […]

I think…

posted by awelborn

….I’m done. Even though, as per usual, after I pushed the “send” button, then loaded Joseph into the car for a quick, and overdue (hah) library trip, halfway down the block, I thought of another paragraph that really should go […]

We interrupt this interruption

posted by awelborn

…to congratulate Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston on being named the new bishop of Birmingham, Alabama. Bishop Baker is a old friend of Michael’s, and he baptized Michael the Toddler in a memorable ceremony in a church in central Ohio […]

Gun, under it

posted by awelborn

I am incredibly stressed at the moment. I have a major thing due on Wednesday, a thing which is vexing me and to which I feel unequal, a minor thing due on Tuesday (the minor thing’s editor would without doubt […]

Well

posted by awelborn

Another new WordPress blog. Waddya know.

TMI

posted by awelborn

…and not enough. So, we just returned from the doctor’s, and what happened there evoked a couple of previous experiences with physicians – fairly recent. We’re blessed with good health, and don’t head to the doctor’s too often, but when […]

Full Emerge-ion

posted by awelborn

Oh, that’s pretty sad. But it’s late and I have to get up early to take a child to the doctor’s and then I have two projects due next week, so afternoon has to be worktime, and if I’m to […]

Soundtrack

posted by awelborn

…for this photo: is this (Windows Media Player) from this. What you can’t see in a sadly still photo is the wild rockin’ and rollin’ – he goes nuts. But what do you expect? It’s about TRAINS!

Speaking of music

posted by awelborn

Here are two of my favorite pieces of spiritual music. Orphan Train by Julie Miller on her album Broken Things If I Give My Soul by Billie Joe Shaver on Tramp on Your Street: Down a dangerous road,i have come to where […]

One more

posted by awelborn

I spent the morning cleaning out my email box from two weeks of vacation – I’ve put up a final varia post over at the other blog – mostly some very good video and audio links.

St. Dominic

posted by awelborn

Today, obviously, is the Feast of St. Dominic. Some good stuff from around the blogs: A Penitent Blogger: The cult denounced marriage, childbearing, and eating meat. They advocated cohabitation and suicide. The Church spoke out, but with little effect: partly […]

A religious fiction

posted by awelborn

As magazine-followers know, a couple of years ago, the Atlantic Monthly inexplicably dumped its age-old custom of including a short story in each issue for doing instead, a yearly fiction issue. The reasoning still escapes me. Anyway, the point of […]

Okay, okay

posted by awelborn

I went ahead and named it so your RSS feeds would show something.  I mostly didn’t do it because I don’t like the look of the title up there below the header, but there’s nothing I can do about it. […]

Pretty big love

posted by awelborn

Big Love , the HBO series about a suburban polygamist family in Utah, is nearing the (cue HBO guy’s sonorous voice) EXCITING CONCLUSION of its second season. I wasn’t too, too interested when the show started, and was a little […]

Gone and done it..

posted by awelborn

New blog… Mine. Different look, different purpose. Had to be done – explanation’s over there. This blog will stay up for a while because I know people use the links on the sidebars for their surfing, etc.

Well, here we are

posted by awelborn

I really don’t want to make a big deal of this, but here’s the new blog. FAQ: 1. Er…why? Because as much as I really and truly do like the Way of the Old Blog, with news links, discussions and […]

Once

posted by awelborn

I saw the film Once yesterday at our local art house joint, and enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s a musical, of sorts – not hard to do, since the characters are all musicians, so it makes sense that they […]

Day Two

posted by awelborn

Michael’s got that covered. Except for the moment at which we turned one of those curvy corners in backroads Upstate New York and came smack dab up against a doe and her fawn. Well, not smack dab – we were […]

Day one

posted by awelborn

You know how it is when time plays tricks on you? When you do things – not so long ago- but in retrospect, it seems like forever? This trip, like every trip, was like that. Day One was barely ten […]

= 1000

posted by awelborn

The more I contemplate this photo, the more I see the story of each person in it. And the person behind the camera. Effects rendered via Picnik

Custody of the eyes

posted by awelborn

We had marvelous weather for most of the week we spent at Drake’s Island. It was hot and sunny, which made the water almost swimmable. Well, it was swimmable for many, but not for me. Been there, done that – Maine […]

How’m I doin?

posted by awelborn

Thanks for your concern about the silence (and mild irritation, I discern). No reason to be! So, we’re back – from Maine. Making new friends, as you can see. We left ten days ago on a leisurely jaunt there, stopping […]

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There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as on

posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But here's the thing.Whether or not Yates' original novel in

posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, right?Well, here's a worthy recipient for your hard-

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling Episcopalians, all the better.To tell the truth, you can bl

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every minute of labor, describing the intensity of discomfor

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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